Posts Tagged ‘Beer’

Jockamo IPA

Posted: February 10, 2012 in Beer
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Jockamo IPA

From the Abita Brewing Company in Louisiana.

I had this on tap at Not Your Average Joe’s. One word for this beer, AWESOME! What a great arrangement of malt, bitterness and flower notes.  The front has a strong hop smell the middle is smooth flavor with some fruity notes and the finish has a nice flowery hop taste. The color has a nice hop haze to it. What a fantastic beer. I was quite surprised.

Jockamo IPA weighs in with a solid 6.5% ABV and sports a weighty 52 IBUs. The next time you are at NYAJ’s in Methuen, you must try it!  I have found it hard to find a bad beer lately. Maybe I should not complain about that.

Overall Grade: A

Cheers,

Matt

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

Posted: January 27, 2012 in Beer
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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

Sierra Nevada has been producing great beers since 1980. They have been instrumental in the beer revolution in this country over the past 20 years or so. This one does not fall short of all their other great beers. What a great brew! It pours nice with a great smell. Copper color with a nice hoppy head. This is a well balanced beer with lots of hop notes. A little bitter at the end, but still a smooth swallow. The rye makes this beer stand out from others of this style and I enjoy the flavor that the rye gives the beer. All in all, it is a good beer that is well done and well thought out. With an ABV of 6.6% this one makes for a great middle weight, a nice punch with an IBU of 55. Don’t miss this one, it was a good find.

Overall Grade: B+

Cheers,

Matt

Sam Adams New World Tripel

Posted: January 6, 2012 in Beer
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Sam Adams New World Tripel

This style of beer happens to be one of my favorites; no one makes makes beer like the Belgians do. This one fits the Tripel style perfectly. It pours nice with a cloudy, orange, coppery color. A fantastic smell and a creamy pure white foamy head. These beers are meant to be sweet. The only reason they add hops to these beers is to cut down on the sweetness from the Belgian candied sugars that are used in the brewing process. For my taste, this one may  be just a tad to sweet –  just a tad though – not enough to make the beer bad or anything, because this is a good beer. The IBU is only 15  and  the AVB is right up there with all the other Tripels  at 10%. All in all, this is a good example of what the Belgian Tripel is supposed to be – sweet smelling, sweet tasting and smooth throughout the whole range from front to back. If you like Tripels, I would not miss this one if I were you.

Overall Grade: B+

Cheers,

Matt

Harpoon Leviathan – Barleywine Style Ale

Posted: November 28, 2011 in Beer
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Harpoon Leviathan – Barleywine style Ale

This is the fourth beer from the Leviathan series that I have tried, and so far this series has not let me down yet. Barleywine can be a bit overwhelming to some beer drinkers. The heavy malt flavor along with strong alcohol can make this style a little hard going down.  Well, Harpoon did a great job on a difficult style that can be hard to get right. It boasts a nice color of a dark orange with a slight haze  and a  full malty smell with a slight citrus sent.

A full flavor from beginning to end. A strong one at 10% ABV, with 65 IBU’s. This one will keep the internal fires going.  It gave me that warm belly feeling. All in all, a great Barleywine, though not my favorite style of beer. I strongly recommend this on those cold winter nights to help keep you warm.

Overall Grade: B+

Cheers,

Matt

Dogfish Head, Pangaea

Posted: November 19, 2011 in Beer
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Dogfish Head, Pangaea

I have to say that I am a huge Dogfish Head fan. This one is just another example of a great beer crafted by some talented brewers. I classified this as a Belgian style ale. It does not say that anywhere in the description or on the bottle, but as its core it fits the Belgian style ale category. This brew has an ingredient from every continent on the planet… WOW! These guys really take pride in how creative they can get, and this beer is definately one of the most creative and more flavorful beers I have ever had. It pours a nice clear copper color with a small head, and the smell … wow the smell! If I could smell one thing for the rest of my life this would be it. This beer is perfect from start to finish, and the yeast strain that they used is exceptional. No sourness, it’s sweet, it’s smooth, and the ginger makes it crisp. Almost like that crisp taste you get when biting into a fresh McIntosh apple. At 7% ABV and only 28 IBU’s, this fits that classic Belgian style ale.   This one spans the globe and gets flavors from all around the world, and that is where this one stands out. If you like beer you need to get this, don’t miss it. It will not be around for the whole year. This is only a Thanksgiving and Christmas season beer. Props to Dogfish Head for continuing to create awesome concoctions of malty wonderfulness.

Overall Grade: A+

Cheers,

Matt

Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA

Posted: November 12, 2011 in Beer
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Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA

It was checking Facebook the other day, when I noticed that The Grill Next Door  had updated their Facebook status.  They were announcing that they are now open on Mondays at 4pm, and would be celebrating by  tapping a keg of Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA. I mentioned this to my wife, Donna and she suggested we go there for dinner. SWEET!! We get there and the place had just a few people, most sitting at the bar. I quickly ordered and the beers came quickly.

The aroma was fantastic. A hoppy nose and that awesome hop smell of a strong IPA. The first taste was like WOW – hop, hop, hop, (120 IBU’s). Once in my mouth it was smooth and yet still a strong flavor. The end had a small alcohol taste, at 18% ABV.  I am not sure that they could avoid that. This is a strong beer, very strong. It took me all the way thru dinner to finish this small glass, and I could definately feel it. If I had 2 of these I would be on my way to a hot mess, and 3 forget about it. All in all a great beer, I still prefer the 90 minute, but I still cheer Dogfish Head for continuing to come up with some great beers. In my opinion they are driving the market and forcing other breweries to become creative, thus making a better beer market for everyone. If you can find this one, get it, every beer lover needs to try it. A great combination of taste, punch and hoppy aroma.

Overall Grade: A-

Cheers,

Matt

Harpoon Leviathan, Imperial Rye

Posted: November 7, 2011 in Beer
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Harpoon Leviathan, Imperial Rye

Yet another beer from the Harpoon Imperial series. The Harpoon brewing company is doing a great job with these beers. This is the third beer of this series that I have tried, and it is just as good as the other two. Nice color, good aroma, just an all around good beer. Not quite as good as the Imperial IPA, but it is still worth bragging about. A smooth front, middle and end and easy to drink. Be careful at 8.9% ABV, this one has a bite. Not a lot of hops in this one, (40 IBU), which makes the rye flavor stand out. All in all another good beer from Harpoon, I hope they keep doing more beers like this. Great Job!

Overall Grade: B+

Cheers,

Matt